NASA’s Curiosity Rover Data Hints on Ancient Megaflood on Mars: Study

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According to one study, a once-glowing giant glow flooded through the gale crater on Mars’ equatorial plane about four billion years ago, hinting at the possibility that life might exist on the red planet.

Research, Published Recently, data collected has been assessed in the journal Scientific Reports Of nasa Curiosity Rover, launched in November 2011, and found that “giant flash floods,” potentially touched by the heat of a meteorite impact, removed the ice stored on the Martian surface.

Based on the analysis, scientists at Cornell University in the US, including What was said These floods of “unimaginable magnitude” set off huge waves that are familiar landscape features for scientists on Earth.

Cornell University co-author Alberto G. “We first identified megafloods using detailed sedimentary data observed by Rover Curiosity,” Fearn said.

According to scientists, geological features including water and wind work have frozen over time Mars For nearly four billion years.

These features, he said, lead to processes that shaped the surface of both. Earth And Mars in the past.

In this case the sedimentary layers of the Gale crater include the occurrence of massive wave-shaped features, often called “megaripals” or “antidunes” that are about 30 feet high and about 450 feet apart, lead author A.Z. Heidari, Professor of Physics at Jackson State University in America, noted.

Heidari stated that antidunes indicate megafloods flowing to the floor of Mars about four billion years ago, which are similar to features formed by melting ice on Earth about two million years ago.

According to the study, the most likely cause of Mars’ flooding was the melting of ice from the heat generated by the large impact, which released carbon dioxide and methane from the planet’s frozen reservoirs.

Researchers said the release of water vapor and gases created warm and wet conditions on Mars.

They believe that condensation can create water vapor clouds, which create the possibility of torrential rain, possibly planets.

This water must have entered Typhoon Scientists said that there is a possibility of flooding in Gale Crater combined with the water coming down from Mount Sharp.

Curiosity The Rover science team had already established that the Gayle Crater was once continuous lakes and streams in the ancient past.

Researchers believe that these long-lived bodies of water are good indicators that the crater, as well as Mount Sharp within it, were capable of supporting microbial life.

“Early Mars was a highly active planet from a geological point of view. There were necessary conditions to support the presence of liquid water on the surface of the planet, and there is life on Earth, where there is water,” Fearn said.

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